Two Declarations from the “Bully Pulpit”

Teddy Roosevelt called the presidential podium a “bully pulpit.” Tonight (12/16/2012) we heard President Obama appeal to the country for it to do something to stop these mass murders that have been happening around America… four in this year alone. This latest massacre of children in Newtown, Connecticut was horrendous, but I hold that  the answer to this problem is not more laws, which seemed to be what he alluded to and will be putting forth in the days ahead. He quoted scripture from the New Testament all through his speech, but fell short of calling for the only answer that will ever make a difference, a nationwide repentance before God and a heart change that God desires to give us all if we will just “humble ourselves, and pray, and seek God’s face, and turn from our wicked ways.” The law never has had power to change anyone’s heart, but according to Paul it only gives power to more sin (see Romans 7:9-11). Only surrendering to Jesus Christ and seeking His new heart within can change us for this is the very essence of the New Covenant (see Hebrews ch. 8).

Connecticut has the fifth strongest gun laws in the nation and these laws did not prevent this mass killing. Already some are calling for a tough and comprehensive Federal gun control to stop wrong doers from just going across state lines to purchase their weapons in states with weaker laws. Guns, like drugs, are not stopped at borders or by laws. If the US adopts laws even as strong as those in Canada, gun runners, as it is with drug runners, will start a new “land office” business across our porous borders and will have a whole new way to become rich in a new black market. Remember, prohibition only made drinking all that more vogue in the 20’s and 30’s and made the criminals rich.

Contrast Obama’s speech tonight with that of Abe Lincoln at the end of the Civil War (for that is what we are seeing already in this county on our streets as evil spirits pour forth from hell and inhabit the unrepentant and the weak)…

“It is the duty of nations…to own their dependence upon the overruling power of God, to confess their sins…with assured hope that genuine repentance will lead to mercy…The awful calamity of civil war… may be but a punishment inflicted upon us for our presumptuous sins.”  Lincoln continued: “We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of Heaven…We have grown in numbers, wealth and power as no other nation has ever grown.  But we have forgotten God.  We have forgotten the gracious Hand which preserved us in peace, and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us; and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own.” Lincoln concluded: “Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us! “It behooves us then to humble ourselves before the offended Power, to confess our national sins and to pray for…forgiveness.” ~ During the Civil War, after issuing the Emancipation Proclamation, President Lincoln called for a “National Day of Humiliation, Fasting and Prayer for March 30, 1863,

Compare this part of Lincoln’s speech…

We have grown in numbers, wealth and power as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious Hand which preserved us in peace, and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us; and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own.”

With what Jesus said to the church of Laodicea…

“And unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things says the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God; I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot: I would that you were cold or hot. So then because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spew you out of my mouth. Because you say, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and know not that you are wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked…” (Rev 3:14-17 KJ2000)

And what did Jesus say was the remedy to this myopic narcissistic problem in the church?

I counsel you to buy of me gold tried in the fire [trials and tribulation], that you may be rich; and white clothing, that you may be clothed [in His righteousness], and that the shame of your nakedness does not appear; and anoint your eyes with eye salve [the Holy Spirit within our hearts], that you may see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.” (Rev 3:18-19 KJ2000)

We are experiencing as a nation the chastening of the Lord as Satan is allowed to run havoc in our borders because of our great apostasy as His church (See 2 Thes. ch. 2). The question is will we repent? For even His “church” sees itself for the most part as doing just fine as we go from one church program to another with no thought of listening to the voice of God to see what HE wants us to do or asking Him how HE sees us. The salt has lost its flavor and it is now being trodden under the feet of carnal men. WE, the opulent, self-presuming church, are the ones who are “wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked.”

Lord grant to your people a true spirit of repentance. Arise, Oh Lord, in our hearts as the Day Star that you are and shine into our hearts and first change us as your church and secondly as a nation as we truly return to you as our Lord and Savior as our only sufficiency. If necessary strip us of our wealth that we trust in just as you are stripping us of our peace and are stripping us of freedom. For the only true freedom we can have is found as we walk in obedience to what the Spirit IS saying to the churches. Amen.

8 comments on “Two Declarations from the “Bully Pulpit”

  1. Lincoln saw, chose to retain and spoke openly about the truth about ourselves in light of the truth of God and for that reason he was murdered. This is why his legacy and words resound today with those who walk a similar path of righteousness in humility. The part of his speech written in italics by Michael could not be more true. It is true not only as a nation but also for us as individuals.

    The reality is, man’s American Church will not repent but will fall further into apostacy. The real saints will be divided from the false (at least in greater degrees) and are even now living in the truths of Revelation 3:18, 19 as written in the article above. Nothing but God’s provision herein will sustain any man in light of the increasing evil in our day and in this world.

    The statement “united we stand, divided we fall” will be the final undoing of America and a united world against the absolute sovereignty of Almighty God. In a similar manner, a few will reject this worlds unity for a greater unity that derives from and is solidified through the calling and merits of Jesus Christ and Him alone. It is these few who will share the legacy of Lincoln and many others who saw the truth from afar.

    Where Lincoln understood wherein true freedom resides, many only talk freedom while imposing laws that restrict freedom. Remember: The law is not made for the righteous but for sinners etc.

    In Jesus Christ Crucified we all are His inheritance and have been lifted beyond the realm of this world, it’s system, it’s wisdom, it’s bondage, it’s destiny. Yes, the world and all it contains will be shaken and we may very well suffer consequences as it does. That said, no law of men can strip from the believer all that God has wrought through Him (Jesus). We are safe, secure and at peace when we continually abide above in Him. This world and it’s rulers and laws are passing away, but the one who does the will of God abides forever.

    Excellent article Michael.


  2. Mike says:

    I don’t think America could repent because the New Covenant is with individuals and not a nation. We were at best a Christian informed nation with a few of the elect here. Christian informed only gives a country morals but the flesh of the unregenerate will eventually reject that notion. We are doomed because all nations are doomed. Our only hope is Christ coming and running the from the top down.


    • michaeldc110 says:

      I am afraid you are right. As we read about the final state of the church, the Laodicean age, we see Jesus knocking at that locked door saying, “If any man hears my voice, and opens the door, I will come in to him…” He does not say, “If any church hears my voice…” or “If any nation hears my voice…” His appeal is to the individual on a personal level. “Informed Christians” is an interesting term… Christians by education or indoctrination only as opposed to those who have believed INTO Christ (the true meaning of John 3:16 and other salvation verses) and abide there IN Him, hearing and following His voice. God always looks upon the heart of a man, not the head. True belief in the economy of God is a heart connection, not a mental assent. How can it be when the carnal mind is enmity against God. The Father must place the faith of Christ within us as a miraculous divine act or we would never believe. The cross of Christ must be firmly planted in Golgotha (our skulls) if we are to have the mind and heart of Christ take pre-eminence within. We don’t need human teachers if we have that heavenly Teacher, the Comforter, within us and if we hear His voice. The church systems of today are counter to every bit of the things we have been discussing here and are carnal at best. It is so good to have found Jesus outside the camp and it is with Him that I gladly bear His reproach and seek only that city who’s Builder and Maker is God, not men.


    • Markus says:

      AMEN, brother! His kingdom is not from this earth! Though He has His “people” here on earth… spread among every tongue and nation. Most time they’re quite alone singled out among their onw kind. Even family bonds don’t matter here just His chosing matters!


  3. Mia says:

    Dear Michael
    South Africa has very strict gun-laws, but it has not made the slightest difference in the murder and crime rate in our country. Actually, recently a great corruption was discovered in the police force when a big amount of guns have been stolen by corrupt police officers and sold on the black market!! Just like the USA with the liquor laws. My husband had a friend who once said that when you out-law guns, only outlaws will have guns for those who want guns will have them, one way or the other. Some will call this wisdom … I call it common sense which, by the way, seems to be quite uncommon nowadays!


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